Naples Pathways Coalition

What We Do

Naples Pathways Coalition works to create safe, bikeable, walkable communities in Collier County.

We analyze data and legislation to make a case for roadway improvements or enhancements; serve on key committees that implement change; and attend and testify at public meetings to affect change and raise awareness of issues.

NPC educates motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians through programs and special events.

2017-18 ACTION PLAN

In 2016 NPC held a Bike/Ped Safety Summit attended by bike/ped citizen advocates from both Collier and Lee counties as well as the Assistant Collier County Manager; staff from city and county Growth Management, Transportation, and Streets &Stormwater; directors of Collier and Lee MPOs; Collier County Sheriff's Office; Collier County Pathways Advisory Committee; Blue Zones; NAACP; representatives from bicycle shops; and leaders of local cycling, triathlete, and running clubs.

Summit participants identified overarching community needs that continue to inform the NPC Board of Directors’ planning.

This year’s Action Plan encompasses the following:

ADVOCACY – continued commitment to see Complete Streets design principles incorporated in the Collier County Land Development code; address problem of road debris and push for enforcement of laws that penalize offenders; continue work with the Downtown Naples Mobility & Connectivity group on “Four Corners” and 9th St. S  and sidewalk connectivity

LEGISLATION – DNT TXT N DRV campaign to make texting while driving a primary offense; passage of vulnerable road user legislation

EDUCATION & COMMUNITY SERVICE – Expand Lights for Bike project to include service employees at local hotels and hospitals; traveling kids’ bike/ped safety rodeo; ongoing work with Collier County Sheriff’s Office and Naples Police Department on officer education


AMONG OUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Most recently. . .

  • NPC was instrumental in the City of Naples’ adoption of a Complete Streets policy (meaning roadways will be designed with bicyclists and pedestrians in mind, not just cars). We are committed to seeing Complete Street design principles incorporated into Collier County’s Land Development Code, which will have significant consequences as the eastern part of the county is built out.
  • NPC was instrumental in the adoption of the Central Avenue Improvement Project, Naples’ first Complete Street project
  • NPC supplied the Collier County Sheriff’s Office with bike/ped traffic law refresher materials used to educate officers during role call
  • NPC was instrumental in assisting the Collier County Planning Commission define its position on the benefits and necessity of sidewalks in neighborhoods.
  • NPC co-chaired the Naples Bicycle Friendly Community Team, a public-private partnership with the city, and implemented many of the improvements that led to Naples being awarded a Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community Award by the League of American Bicyclists.
  • NPC was named to the Alternative Development Review Team (ADRT) for the Downtown Naples Mobility & Connectivity Study, a project that will have significant impact on how we all drive, bike, and walk around the city.
  • NPC reaches the community regularly through monthly columns in the Naples Daily News and Life in Naples magazine.
  • Named 2017

Since 2002. . .

  • NPC worked with the City of Naples to develop a five-year Master Pathways Plan that was passed into law in 2007, ensuring pathways are included in further City projects; participated in the update in 2013.
  • NPC was instrumental in achieving a redirection of FDOT annual funds, increasing the pathway box fund from $5000,000 per year to $2million per year. This money will be used for installing bike lanes and pathways as needed on a retrofit basis.
  • NPC supported the Collier County Metropolitan Planning Organization's efforts to develop a Comprehensive Pathways Plan with over 500 miles of new sidewalks, bike lanes, and greenways.
  • NPC worked with the MPO committees to improve the infrastructure and road signage in Collier County.
  • NPC participated in the planning for the Florida Power & Light Greenway, the Rich King Memorial Greenway, the Gordon River Greenway, and the proposed Rookery Bay Greenway
  • NPC received the Walter Keller Architecture Awareness Award for our contribution to the improvement of the built environment in Collier County.
  • NPC raised awareness of the "Three Feet to Pass" law by persuading the City and County to put the decals on the bumpers of all their vehicles.

NPC NAMED 2017 “BEST OF NAPLES” NON-PROFIT

Naples Pathways Coalition is the recipient of 2017 Best of Naples Award in the Associations/Non-Profits category by the Naples Award Program.

Each year, the Naples Award Program identifies organizations that have "achieved exceptional success in their local community and have enhanced the positive image of non-profits through outstanding service to their constituents and our community. These exceptional organizations help make the Naples area a great place to live, work and play."

OUR PRESENCE MAKES A DIFFERENCE

When there’s a conversation about transportation planning, NPC is at the table to represent the interests of bicyclists and pedestrians.  NPC Board members participate on the these committees and boards

  • Florida Bicycle Association Legislative Committee
  • Pathways Advisory Committee to the Collier Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO)
  • Blue Zones Community Policy Committee
  • Blue Zones Built Environment Subcommittee
  • Naples Bicycle Friendly Community Team
  • Alternative Development Review Team (ADRT) for Downtown Naples Mobility & Connectivity Study

NPC representatives attend the following city and county meetings

  • Naples City Council
  • Naples Community Redevelopment Advisory Board
  • Collier County Board of Commissioners
  • Collier County Community Traffic Safety Team (CTST)
  • Collier County Transportation Planning
  • Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Board
  • MPO Technical Advisory Committee
  • MPO Citizens Advisory Committee
  • MPO Congestion Management System/Intelligent Transportation System Committee

NPC is a member of

  • Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce
  • Florida Bicycle Association
  • League of American Bicyclists
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